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MONROE COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA ECONOMIC SCORECARD THC HE AL

PREPARED BY: Business Economic Research Group (BERG) of East Stroudsburg University

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Todd Behr associate professor of economics

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Constantinos Christofides, Ph.D. distinguished professor emeritus of economics Pattabiraman Neelakantan, Ph.D. professor and chair of economics Special thanks to the ESU Office of University Relations

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East Stroudsburg University is proud to present the 2015 Monroe County Economic Scorecard. This year’s report has been expanded to include two additional counties: Carbon and Wayne, and a new section on Business Climate. The report measures Monroe County’s performance in six economic indicators: Employment, Earnings, Business Climate, Healthcare, Housing, and Education, and compares Monroe County’s performance to the seven neighboring counties: Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Northampton, Pike and Wayne. Monroe County, Pennsylvania has been the home of East Stroudsburg University since 1893. For more than 120 years, ESU has played a significant role in the economic vitality of our region. ESU currently enrolls over 6,800 undergraduate and graduate students from over 30 states and 25 countries, employs more than 850 people, and is ranked 11th in the Monroe County Top 50 Employers. The total economic impact of ESU on the Commonwealth is $309,868,504. As president of ESU, I am committed to ESU’s engagement in the economic development of our region. That engagement includes providing competitive academic programs and developing 21st century workforce ready students in an innovative educational environment. At ESU, we recognize the important role our university plays in workforce training, entrepreneurship, career awareness, adult education and in diversifying the economic base of our county. As part of our university’s commitment to the future of Monroe County, the Economic Scorecard will be prepared on an annual basis. The inaugural 2014 Scorecard and this year’s 2015 Economic Scorecard were prepared by the East Stroudsburg University Business and Economic Research Group (BERG). These reports serve as valuable, unbiased assessment tools to measure our region’s economic health in terms of key indicators of economic performance. It is my hope that we use this information to foster collaboration and discussion as we strategically implement the Monroe County Economic Development Plan. Monroe County continues to compete for life-sustaining jobs, resources, talented people, and innovative businesses. The future of our county is in our hands. I look forward to working with all of you, as together, we make Monroe County a better place to live, learn, work and play.

Marcia G. Welsh, Ph.D., President East Stroudsburg University


The Economic Scorecard of Monroe County 2015 compares the county economy to that of seven neighboring counties: Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Northampton, Pike and Wayne. The Scorecard focuses on six key indicators: Employment, Earnings, Health, Housing, Education and Business Climate. The counties are ranked based on their historical performance during the last decade and their rankings are re-examined based on the most recently available data.

WAYNE

LACKAWANNA PIKE

LUZERNE MONROE

CARBON NORTHAMPTON LEHIGH

2

EMPLOYMENT

6

EARNINGS

10

BUSINESS CLIMATE

15

HEALTHCARE

19

HOUSING

25

EDUCATION

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INDUSTRY STRUCTURE

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OVERVIEW OF THE REGIONAL ECONOMIC SCORECARD OF MONROE COUNTY 2015 The 2015 Economic Scorecard of Monroe County represents an update of the 2014 Scorecard that compared the economic performance of Monroe County to that of Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Northampton and Pike counties. The 2015 Scorecard focuses on the same five broad areas of Employment, Earnings, Healthcare, Housing and Education but expands the geographic scope to include Carbon and Wayne counties. The new Scorecard re-examines the 2014 county rankings utilizing more current statistical data that became available since the publication of the original Scorecard, and it includes a new section on business climate prevailing in the various counties. The eight counties are compared and ranked based on their recent historical performance in the areas of Employment, Earnings, Business Climate, Healthcare, Housing, and Education. Employment and earnings changes are explained using economic and socio-demographic factors and variations in the industrial structure of the different counties. The comparison periods for the various indicators may be slightly different depending on data availability. Furthermore, some 2014 Scorecard data may have been revised by the government agencies and the revised figures are included in the 2015 Scorecard.

EMPLOYMENT The Employment section of the 2015 Monroe County Economic Scorecard provides current statistical information on employment for Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wayne Counties. The 2014 Scorecard estimated county growth in labor force, job creation and employment over the last decade and ranked counties accordingly. The 2015 updated scorecard repeated the comparison for the most recent data and added two more counties as mentioned above, namely, Carbon and Wayne. The computed values were compared for the eight counties and to the previous year. The ability of county residents to purchase goods and services depends on personal income. The largest component of personal income consists of wages and salaries, and hence, employment level and growth are important indicators of county economic health. Overall county employment rankings are based on the same four indicators as used in the previous year, and Northampton and Lehigh counties continue to be on the top of the list.

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LABOR FORCE GROWTH: The labor force of a region represents the broadest measure of labor supply and its growth is influenced by population growth, the age distribution of the region’s population, economic conditions and migration. The labor force in all eight counties decreased in 2014, and the largest decrease was recorded in Monroe County (-2.3%) followed by Wayne (-1.8%), Pike and Carbon (-1.6). JOB CREATION: The number of new net full-time and part-time jobs increased in Pike, Northampton, Lehigh, Carbon, Lackawanna and Luzerne in 2013 but decreased in Wayne and Monroe counties. The highest rate of net job creation in 2013 was recorded by Pike County (1.7%) followed by Northampton (1.6%) and Lehigh (1.5%). Total number of jobs decreased by 1.7% in Wayne County and also decreased by 0.8% in Monroe County. EMPLOYMENT BY PLACE OF RESIDENCE: The employment status of the residents of a region is reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. From 2013 to 2014 the residents of Northampton, Lehigh, Lackawanna, Carbon, Luzerne and Pike experienced an increase in employment, Wayne County recorded no change, and Monroe experienced a small decline (-0.1%). THE EMPLOYMENT-TO-CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE RATIO: The percentage of the labor force actually employed is measured by the employment-to-labor force ratio, and this ratio is determined by the general economic conditions prevailing in an area. In 2014 Northampton County had the highest percentage of its labor force employed (94.1%), followed by Lehigh (93.9%) and Wayne (93.7%). The lowest employment-to-labor force ratio was recorded by Pike County (92.5%).


TABLE 1: EMPLOYMENT INDICATORS Pennsylvania

Carbon

Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton

Pike

Wayne

Total Civilian Labor Force Growth 2013-2014 -1.0%

-1.6%

-0.9%

-0.9%

-1.4%

-2.3%

-0.6%

-1.6%

-1.8%

3

6

6

5

1

8

3

2

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Source: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry LAUS

Total Full-time and Part-time Employment (number of jobs) Growth 2012-2013 0.7%

1.4%

0.8%

1.5%

0.8%

-0.8%

1.6%

1.7%

-1.7%

5

3

6

3

2

7

8

1

RANK Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

Total Employment Growth 2013-2014 0.8%

1.0%

1.1%

1.1%

1.0%

-0.1%

1.1%

0.9%

0.0%

4

6

6

4

1

6

3

2

RANK

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry LAUS

Employment/Civilian Labor Force 2014 94.2%

93.1%

93.4%

93.9%

92.7%

92.6%

94.1%

92.5%

93.7%

4

5

7

3

2

8

1

6

RANK

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry LAUS

25

25

16

Luzerne

Lehigh

Lackawanna

0

6

Wayne

11

10 5

15

15

Pike

15

20

Monroe

20

Carbon

TOTAL SCORE

Based on the employment indicators and using the scoring system of assigning the highest ranking county a score of eight points, the second highest, seven, etc., Northampton County was ranked first followed by Lehigh. (These same two counties were ranked first and second in the 2014 Scorecard).

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30

Northampton

FIGURE 1: EMPLOYMENT RANKINGS

COUNTIES

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PERCENTAGE

FIGURE 2A: UNEMPLOYMENT RATES 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011

2012

2013 2014

2012

2013 2014

2012

2013 2014

Years PA

Monroe

Pike

FIGURE 2B: UNEMPLOYMENT RATES

PERCENTAGE

12 10 8 6 4 2 0 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Years

Carbon

Lehigh

Northampton

PERCENTAGE

FIGURE 2C: UNEMPLOYMENT RATES 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 Years

Lackawanna

4

Luzerne

Wayne


TABLE 2: CIVILIAN LABOR FORCE GROWTH Source: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry LAUS

Growth 2004-2014

Growth 2004-2009

Growth 2009-2014

PA

2.6%

3.0%

-0.3%

Carbon

6.4%

5.7%

0.6%

Lackawanna

1.9%

2.4%

-0.5%

Luzerne

1.3%

3.0%

-1.7%

Monroe

4.3%

8.5%

-3.9%

Northampton

6.2%

5.5%

0.7%

Pike

2.0%

14.1%

-10.6%

Wayne

-7.1%

6.7%

-12.9%

TABLE 3: JOB CREATION TOTAL FULL-TIME AND PART-TIME EMPLOYMENT GROWTH Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis

Growth 2003-2013

Growth 2003-2008

Growth 2008-2013

Pennsylvania

6.7%

6.0%

0.6%

Carbon

8.9%

8.2%

0.7%

Lackawanna

5.3%

7.2%

-1.8%

Lehigh

10.9%

9.0%

1.7%

Luzerne

4.2%

4.4%

-0.2%

Monroe

6.6%

14.1%

-6.5%

Northampton

17.3%

11.0%

5.7%

Pike

13.0%

15.5%

-2.2%

Wayne

3.5%

8.8%

-4.9%

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EARNINGS

PER CAPITA PERSONAL INCOME

The Earnings section of the 2015 Monroe County Economic Scorecard provides current statistical information on per capita income, wages and salaries, and poverty rates for Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wayne Counties.

The first earnings indicator is per capita personal income, which measures the average income received by each person residing in a county. (Personal income is defined by the U.S. Department of Commerce as income received by individuals from all sources.) Average per capita personal income in Pennsylvania was $46,202 in 2013. Lehigh (95%) and Northampton (94%) counties were the closest to that state average. Monroe was last with 73%.

The growth rates of per capita personal income and average earnings per job are computed and compared for the eight counties and also compared to the growth rates of the previous year.

PER CAPITA PERSONAL INCOME GROWTH The growth rate of per capita personal income in Pennsylvania was 1.4% in 2013. Per capita personal income grew faster than the state average in Carbon, Monroe, Lehigh and Northampton counties in 2013. Wayne County’s per capita personal income grew at the same rate as the state, and Lackawanna, Luzerne and Pike experienced lower than average growth rates.

The ability of county residents to purchase goods and services depends on personal income. The largest component of personal income consists of wages and salaries, but personal income includes proprietors’ income, dividends, interest income, rent and government transfer payments.

AVERAGE EARNINGS PER JOB This particular indicator is a reflection of the types of industries and occupations that exist in a given county. Furthermore, worker earnings depend on education, skills and the overall productivity of the workforce. In 2013, the average earnings per job in Pennsylvania were $56,559, and the highest ranked county in Northeast Pennsylvania was Lehigh at 98% of the state average. The lowest ranked county was Pike at only 60% of the state average.

The 2014 Scorecard estimated county per capita personal income as a percentage of the Pennsylvania state average in 2012 and ranked counties accordingly. The 2015 updated Scorecard repeats the comparison for 2013 and adds two more counties (Carbon and Wayne).

FIGURE 3: EARNINGS RANKINGS

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23 16

15

18

6

Monroe

Luzerne

Lehigh

0

Lackawanna

5

Carbon

10

COUNTIES

16

Wayne

20

20

Pike

TOTAL SCORE

25

31

29

30

Northampton

The 2013 to 2012 comparisons are performed for per capita personal income, per capita personal income growth, average earnings per job, growth in average earnings per job, and poverty rates. County earnings rankings are based on these five indicators.


TABLE 4: EARNINGS INDICATORS Pennsylvania

Carbon

Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton

Pike

Wayne

Per Capita Personal Income as a % of PA - 2013 $46,202

79%

90%

95%

86%

73%

94%

85%

80%

2

6

8

5

1

7

4

3

1.3%

1.8%

1.5%

1.0%

1.4%

2

7

5

1

4

77%

87%

60%

74%

4

7

1

2

-0.9%

2.0%

1.9%

4.4%

RANK Source: BEA CA30 Regional Economic Profiles

Per Capita Personal Income Growth 2012-2013 1.4% 3.3% 1.3% 1.6% RANK

8

2

6

Source: BEA CA30 Regional Economic Profiles

Average Earnings per Job (dollars) as a % of PA - 2013 $56,559 75% 77% 98% 82% RANK

3

4

8

6

Source: BEA CA30 Regional Economic Profiles

Growth in Average Earnings per Job (dollars) 2012-2013 2.0% 2.7% 2.2% 2.0% 1.7% RANK

7

6

4

2

1

4

3

8

14.8

14.2

16.1

12

10.1

10.4

11.8

2

3

1

5

8

7

6

Source: BEA CA30 Regional Economic Profiles

All Ages in Poverty (%) - 2013 13.7 14.1 RANK

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Source: Census Bureau Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates

GROWTH IN AVERAGE EARNINGS PER JOB The growth rate in the average earnings per job in Pennsylvania was 2% in 2013. Three of the eight counties in Northeast Pennsylvania, Wayne (4.4%, more than twice the state average), Carbon (2.7%) and Lackawanna (2.2%) experienced growth rates higher than the state average. The slowest growth rate in average earnings per job was recorded in Monroe County, where earnings per job actually fell by 0.9% in 2013.

POVERTY RATES To determine the degree of economic hardship prevailing in each county, the poverty rates for the eight counties were compared to the state average and also compared to the poverty rates prevailing the year before to detect whether counties have improved or deteriorated in this area. The scoring was reversed for this indicator with the county showing the lowest rates of poverty receiving the

highest score. Northampton (10.1%, the lowest), Pike (10.4%), Wayne (11.8%) and Monroe (12%) counties had lower than state average poverty rates, while the remaining counties reported poverty rates higher than the state average of 13.7%.

The overall earnings rankings were estimated by assigning eight points to the county with the highest per capita personal income, highest per capita personal income growth, highest average earnings per job, highest growth rate in average earnings per job, and lowest poverty rates. Similarly, seven points, six points and so on were assigned to other counties. Northampton and Lehigh repeated as first and second in the overall earnings rankings in 2013 as they did in 2012. The lowest earnings rankings were assigned to Luzerne and Pike counties.

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FIGURE 4A: PER CAPITA PERSONAL INCOME $50,000 $45,000 $40,000 $35,000 $30,000 $25,000 $20,000 2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

PA

2007

2008

2009

Monroe

2010

2011

2012

2013

2012

2013

2012

2013

Pike

FIGURE 4B: PER CAPITA PERSONAL INCOME $50,000 $45,000 $40,000 $35,000 $30,000 $25,000 $20,000 2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Carbon

2007

2008

Lehigh

2009

2010

2011

Northampton

FIGURE 4C: PER CAPITA PERSONAL INCOME $50,000 $45,000 $40,000 $35,000 $30,000 $25,000 $20,000 2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

Lackawanna

8

2007

2008

Luzerne

2009

2010

Wayne

2011


TABLE 5: ALL AGES IN POVERTY (%) YEAR

Pennsylvania

Carbon

Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe

Northampton

Pike

Wayne

2002

10

7.8

10

8.7

10.4

7.4

6.9

7.3

10.7

2003

10.6

9.1

10.1

9.6

10.8

8.7

7.7

7.1

10.8

2004

11.2

10

11.2

9.9

11.5

9.3

8.2

7.4

11

2005

11.9

9.8

13.3

10.7

12.7

9.4

7.3

8.5

11.4

2006

12

11.1

12.7

11.8

13.2

10.2

8.4

7

12

2007

11.6

10.6

12.6

9.1

11.7

9.1

7.9

8.7

11.2

2008

12.1

11

13.1

10.2

14.1

10.1

8.7

8.8

13.4

2009

12.5

11.2

14.4

12.4

13.1

10.2

8.5

8.2

11.2

2010

13.4

12.2

13.6

13.2

15.9

13

10.6

9

12.4

2011

13.7

12

13.7

14.1

15.2

13.4

10

10.1

14.1

2012

13.7

10.6

14.6

12

16.1

13.4

10.9

11.6

15.4

2013

13.7

14.1

14.8

14.2

16.1

12

10.1

10.4

11.8

Source: Census Bureau SmallArea Income and Poverty Estimates

TABLE 6: PER CAPITA PERSONAL INCOME GROWTH RATE GROWTH RATE

Pennsylvania

Carbon

Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe

Northampton

Pike

Wayne

2003-2013

40%

33%

38%

28%

35%

26%

37%

44%

38%

2005-2009

13%

13%

13%

9%

11%

11%

14%

13%

16%

2009-2013

14%

11%

12%

12%

11%

6%

13%

14%

14%

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis Note: Arithmetic and not geometric growth rate.

TABLE 7: MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME Pennsylvania

Carbon Lackawanna

Median HH Income (2008-2012) in dollars

$52,267

$49,951 $45,483

$54,645 $43,486

Median HH Income (2009-2013) in dollars

$52,548

$48,900 $46,044

$54,923 $44,402 $57,408

Median HH Income Growth (2008-2012) to (2009-2013)

0.5%

-2.1%

1.2%

Lehigh

0.5%

Luzerne

2.1%

Monroe

Northampton

$57,773

$59,551

-0.6%

Pike

Wayne

$58,474 $50,153

$60,097 $59,340 $49,313 0.9%

1.5%

-1.7%

Source: 2000 Census; 2008-2012 & 2009-2013 American Community Surveys

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THE BUSINESS CLIMATE The 2015 Monroe County Economic Scorecard compares a number of indicators for Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wayne counties to determine the conditions that may attract business growth and contribute to the creation of new businesses.

• Serious Crime Rate per 100,000 Residents measures the relative size of the crime rate in a county that affects the flow of business and families to a region. Low-crime areas produce a more attractive business environment. Serious crimes are Part I offenses that include violent crimes (murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) and property crimes (burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson).

The selected indicators are: • Proprietors’ Income as a percentage of County Personal Income. This approximates the relative importance of small and medium firms in the area.

Other factors that may contribute to local business creation are (these were considered but not included in the Business Climate Rankings, either because of insignificant differences among the eight counties or because of data limitations):

• Employment in small firms as a percentage of total private employment in the county. This indicator measures the relative importance of small firms’ employment in each county.

• Job Creation By Small Firms

• The percentage of the local labor force employed in Arts, Entertainment and Recreation proxies for the relative size of the “creative class.” Studies show that areas with larger populations employed in these industries also have higher rates of business creation and growth.

• Industry Structure and Job Creation

• The percentage of the county workforce employed in Architecture, Engineering, Computer and Mathematical occupations captures the importance of “technical occupations,” a key driver of modern industries. A large concentration of technical employment in a county may indicate the existence of high-skilled workers and serve as an attraction for new high-tech firms to locate in that area.

• Growth In Proprietors’ Income

• Change in Technical Employment Occupations • Creative Class Growth • Regional Differences in Business Labor and Other Costs of Production • Components of Crime Statistics • Innovation/Patents • Quality of Life/Pollution/Average Daily Temperatures • Infrastructure • Quality of Area Schools

• Top Four-Industry Employment Share measures the degree of regional concentration of employment in the four largest industries in the each county by expressing the employment in the four largest employed industries as a percentage of total private nonfarm employment. A relatively large ratio indicates that the county lacks “business diversity.” A high degree of business diversity may reduce the impact of national business cycles and seasonal factors on the local economy.

• Local Taxes • Miscellaneous Factors Contributing to an Increase in Local Business Activity (e.g., Marcellus Shale).

PROPRIETORS’ INCOME AS PERCENTAGE OF PERSONAL INCOME 2013

EMPLOYMENT IN SMALL FIRMS (0-49 EMPLOYEES) AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL EMPLOYMENT 2014

Proprietors’ Income represented 8.9% of Pennsylvania’s Personal Income in 2013.

The largest percentage of small firm employment occurred in Pike County in 2014, where 55% of all employees in the county worked in small firms. The second highest ratio of small firm employment was reported by Wayne County (4.7%).

Carbon was the only county in the group, where Proprietors’ Income exceeded the state average (11.6%). The remaining seven counties in Northeast Pennsylvania reported considerably lower ratios of proprietors’ income in 2013. The lowest proprietors’-to-personal income ratio occurred in Northampton County (4.5%).

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Only Luzerne (27%) and Lehigh (22%) had lower small firm employment ratios than the 29% state average in 2014.


FIGURE 5: BUSINESS CLIMATE RANKINGS 35

33

30

29 28

23

23 23

25 20

Wayne

Pike

Northampton

Monroe

0

Luzerne

5

Carbon

10

Lehigh

15 Lackawanna

TOTAL SCORE

28 27

COUNTIES

EMPLOYMENT IN ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT AND RECREATION EMPLOYMENT AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL EMPLOYMENT 2013

state average four-industry employment share was 44.6% in 2013 meaning that the four largest employed industries in the state employed 44.6% of all Pennsylvanians.

Employment in Arts, Entertainment and Recreation as a percentage of total county employment varied from a high of 6.3% in Carbon to a low of 0.9% in Wayne County in 2013. The second highest ratio was recorded in Monroe and Pike (3.4%).

The four-industry concentration ratio was higher in all counties in Northeast Pennsylvania indicating that these counties displayed a lower degree of business diversity. In Wayne County the percentage of the labor force employed by the four largest industries was 58.2%, the second highest ratio was in Pike County 53.5%, followed by Monroe 52.2%. The highest degree of business diversity in Northeast Pennsylvania was recorded in Northampton County 45.5%. Northampton County was therefore awarded the highest score for business diversity and Wayne the lowest.

The Pennsylvania state average ratio of “creative class” employment to total employment was 1.7% in 2013.

EMPLOYMENT IN TECHNICAL OCCUPATIONS AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL EMPLOYMENT 2013 Technical Occupations (Architecture, Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Occupations) represented 4.1% of all jobs in Pennsylvania in 2013. Only Lehigh County slightly exceeded the state average (4.2%). The remaining seven counties in Northeast Pennsylvania had lower technical employment ratios. The lowest technical occupation ratio was recorded in Pike County where only 0.7% of all jobs were in Architecture, Engineering, Computer and Mathematical occupations.

TOP FOUR-INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT SHARE 2013 The percentage of all jobs in the four largest employed industries in a county is a measure of the concentration ratio. The largest ratio indicates the lowest degree of business diversity. In Pennsylvania, the

SERIOUS CRIME RATE PER 100,000 POPULATION, 2013 The serious crime rate of a region is often an important consideration by business firms considering relocation and also an important factor affecting individual workers in search of employment. The Pennsylvania average crime rate per 100,000 residents was 2,403 in 2013. Lehigh (2,905), Monroe (2,831) and Luzerne (2,749) had higher than average crime rates in 2013 and were therefore assigned the lowest rankings in this category. Wayne County had the lowest crime rate of 1,706 serious crimes per 100,000 residents in 2013 and was assigned the highest rank in this category.

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TABLE 8: BUSINESS CLIMATE INDICATORS Pennsylvania

Carbon

Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Proprietors' Income as a % of Personal Income 2013 8.9% 11.6% 6.6% 7.2% 5.9% RANK

8

6

7

5

Monroe Northampton

Pike

Wayne

4.9%

4.5%

5.5%

5.8%

2

1

3

4

Employment in Small Firms (0-49 employees) as a % of Total Private Employment 2014 Q2 29% 43% 30% 22% 27% 33% 31% 55% 47% RANK

6

3

1

2

5

4

8

7

Employment in Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation as a % of Total Employment 2013 1.7% 6.3% 1.2% 1.8% 1.6% 3.4% 1.3% 3.4% 0.9% RANK

8

2

5

4

6

Employment in Technical (Architecture, Engineering, Computer and Mathematical) Occupations as a % of Total Employment - 2013 4.1% 1.2% 2.4% 4.2% 2.2% 2.4% RANK

3

5

8

Top Four-Industry Employment Share 2013 44.6% 49.4% 46.9% 47.1% RANK

4

7

6

4

6

1

6

1

3.3%

0.7%

0.9%

4

5

7

1

2

47.2%

52.2%

45.5%

53.5%

58.2%

5

3

8

2

1

2,153

2,018

1,706

5

7

8

Serious Crime Rate (Part I Offenses) Per 100,000 Population, 2013 2,403 2,293 2,109 2,905 2,749 2,831 RANK

3

3

2

Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis; Quarterly Workforce Indicators; Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages; Occupational Employment and Wages (OES)

Based on the six indicators discussed above, the highest rank for favorable business climate was received by Carbon County. Carbon’s most favorable business climate ranking was due to the highest ratio of proprietors’ income, the highest employment ratio in Arts, Entertainment and Recreation, and a high rate of employment by small firms.

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The second highest rank for business climate was awarded to Lackawanna County. Lackawanna’s favorable business climate was due to a high degree of business diversity, relatively high proprietors’ income and relatively low crime rates. The lowest marks for business climate were shared by Luzerne, Monroe and Wayne Counties.


FIGURE 6A: PROPRIETORS' INCOME AS A PERCENTAGE OF PERSONAL INCOME

0

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

Monroe Northampton

Pike

6.8 5.8

5.5

8.7

Luzerne

5.1 4.5

Lehigh

6.5 4.9

8.2 5.9

3

8.5 7.2

6

8.0 6.6

9.0 8.9

9

11.0 11.6

PERCENTAGE

12

Wayne

COUNTIES 2003

2013

FIGURE 6B: EMPLOYMENT IN SMALL FIRMS (0-49 EMPLOYEES) AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT

0

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

47

57

37

41 Lehigh

31

10

33

20

31 27

30

25 22

46 43

40

34 30

55 55

50

31 29

PERCENTAGE

60

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton

Pike

Wayne

COUNTIES 2004 Q2

2014 Q2

FIGURE 6C: EMPLOYMENT IN ARTS, ENTERTAINMENT, AND RECREATION EMPLOYMENT AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL EMPLOYMENT

1.1 1.3

Luzerne

2.5 3.4

Lehigh

Monroe Northampton

1.1 0.9

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

3.9 3.4

0

0.9 1.6

2

1.6 1.8

4

1.3 1.2

7.3 6.3

6

1.4 1.7

PERCENTAGE

8

Pike

Wayne

COUNTIES 2003

2013

MONROE COUNTY ECONOMIC SCORECARD 2015

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FIGURE 6D: EMPLOYMENT IN TECHNICAL (ARCHITECTURE, ENGINEERING, COMPUTER AND MATHEMATICAL) OCCUPATIONS AS A PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL EMPLOYMENT

Monroe Northampton

0.9 0.9

Luzerne

1.0 0.7

2.5 3.3

3.4 4.2 Lehigh

2.4 2.4

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

2.2 2.2

0

3.1 2.4

2

1.3 1.2

4

3.9 4.1

PERCENTAGE

6

Pike

Wayne

COUNTIES 2013

2008

FIGURE 6E: TOP FOUR-INDUSTRY EMPLOYEMENT SHARE

Monroe Northampton

56.8 58.2

Luzerne

55.8 53.5

48.6 52.2

Lehigh

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

47.5 45.5

51.2 47.2

0

47.4 47.1

20

53.4 46.9

40

52.5 49.4

47 44.6

PERCENTAGE

60

Pike

Wayne

COUNTIES 2013

2003

FIGURE 6F: SERIOUS CRIME RATE PER RATE 100,000 RESIDENTS

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

COUNTIES 2003

14

2013

Pike

1,611 1,706

Monroe Northampton

1,400 2,018

Luzerne

1,987 2,153

3,852 2,905 Lehigh

2,232 2,831

0

2,344 2,749

1,000

1,899 2,109

2,000

1,819 2,293

3,000

2,603 2,403

# CRIMES PER 100,000 POPULATION

4,000

Wayne


HEALTHCARE

GENERAL HOSPITAL BEDS PER 1,000 POPULATION

The healthcare section of the 2014 Monroe County Economic Scorecard compared and ranked healthcare availability and accessibility for the residents of Monroe, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Northampton and Pike counties.

The Pennsylvania state average for general hospital beds per 1,000 population was 2.7 for the period July 2011 through June 2012. Lehigh County exceeded the state average by a considerable margin (4.8) during the same period. Lackawanna County had 2.8 general hospital beds per county resident. Since there is no general hospital in Pike County, Pike ranked last in this category.

The 2015 Scorecard compares and ranks healthcare availability and accessibility for eight counties by adding Carbon and Wayne to the previous six counties and updates the rankings by utilizing the most currently available data.

LICENSED/APPROVED NURSING HOME BEDS PER 1,000 POPULATION The Pennsylvania state average for licensed/approved nursing home beds per population 65 and over was 43.4 in 2012. Lackawanna, Lehigh and Luzerne counties exceeded the state average just like they did in 2011. Monroe and Pike counties had a considerably smaller number of licensed-approved nursing home beds per 1,000 population over 65 in 2012, repeating their 2011 rankings.

The updated Scorecard focuses on the availability of healthcare facilities and qualified medical employees relative to the population of each county to determine and rate and the availability of healthcare in each county.

AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTERS TOTAL EMPLOYMENT PER OPERATING ROOM The Pennsylvania state average for Ambulatory Surgery Centers - Total Employees per Operating Room was 14.1 in 2012. Luzerne and Monroe counties had a higher than average number of employees per operating room in ambulatory surgical centers. Pike County was ranked last in this category.

For comparison and ranking purposes, the 2015 Scorecard uses the same five healthcare indicators used by the 2014 Scorecard: • General hospital beds per 1,000 population • Licensed/approved nursing home beds per 1,000 population of age 65 and older • Ambulatory surgery centers - total employees per operating room

FIGURE 7: HEALTHCARE RANKINGS

• Number of physicians per 1,000 population

40

32

25

19

20

Monroe

Luzerne

0

Lehigh

10 5

23 17

14 Lackawanna

15

Carbon

TOTAL SCORE

Carbon and Pike counties were ranked seventh and eighth; their low rating suggests that the residents of these counties probably use healthcare facilities in the neighboring counties of Lehigh and Monroe.

32

30

5 Pike

The 2015 rankings are very similar to those in 2014. Lehigh, Lackawanna and Luzerne were again the top-rated counties in terms of healthcare.

36

Wayne

35

Northampton

• Number of registered nurses per 1,000 population

COUNTIES

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TABLE 9: HEALTHCARE INDICATORS Pennsylvania

Carbon

Lackawanna

Lehigh

General Hospital Beds per 1,000 (7/11-6/12) 2.7 2.3 2.8 4.8 RANK

5

7

8

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton

Pike

Wayne

2.6

1.4

1.0

**

1.9

6

3

2

1

4

Licensed/Approved Nursing Home Beds per 1,000 Population Age 65 and Older (2012) 43.4 35.6 60.4 50.6 46.8 21.9 41.3 10.4 RANK

3

8

7

6

2

5

1

Ambulatory Surgery Centers - Total Employees per Operating Room (7/11-6/12) 14.1 ** 11 13.1 19 17.5 14.1 ** RANK

1

4

Number of Physicians per 1,000 (2012) 2.7 1.2 2.2 RANK

3

2

4

8.3

5

8

7

6

1

3

3.9

2.2

1.4

1.8

0.4

1.1

8

6

4

5

1

2

4.3

5.3

1.4

5.0

3

5

1

4

6

Number of Registered Nurses per 1,000 (2010/2011) # 7.9 3.8 8.7 12.3 7.3 RANK

36.8

7

8

6

** Missing Data # PA Health Profiles 2014 did not update these numbers from last year Source: Pennsylvania and County Health Profiles 2014, Census Bureau, BEA, etc.

NUMBER OF PHYSICIANS PER 1,000 POPULATION The Pennsylvania state average number of physicians per 1,000 population was 2.7 in 2012. Lehigh County exceeded the state average just like it did in 2011. All the other counties in northeast Pennsylvania had a smaller number of physicians per 1,000 population than the state average.

NUMBER OF REGISTERED NURSES PER 1,000 POPULATION The Pennsylvania state average number of registered nurses per 1,000 population was 7.9 in 2010-2011. This is the same number reported in the 2014 Scorecard and therefore no update was possible in the 2015 Scorecard. The two counties with the larger number of registered nurses than the state average were Lehigh and Lackawanna. The new counties added to the 2015 Scorecard, Carbon and Wayne, also had lower than average numbers of registered nurses (Carbon, 3.8 and Wayne, 5.0).

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The above indicators were used to determine the availability of healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals relative to the population of each county. The county with highest rating in each indicator was assigned a score of eight, the second highest, seven, and so on. Lehigh County received the greatest total number of points repeating its first place ranking in the 2014 Scorecard. Tied for second place in terms of healthcare facilities and healthcare professionals were Lackawanna and Luzerne counties.


Carbon

Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe

Northampton

1.8 1.9

1 0

0.8 1.0

3.4 2.8

2

2.4 1.4

2.4 2.3

Pennsylvania

3

2.3 2.6

5 4

5 4.8

6

2.6 2.7

# OF BEDS PER 1,000

FIGURE 8A: GENERAL HOSPITAL BEDS PER 1,000 POPULATION

Pike

Wayne

COUNTIES July 2010 – June 2011

July 2011 – June 2012

10 0

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton

Pike

35.1 36.8

11.7 10.4

57.5 60.4

42.8 41.3 22.9 21.9

20

48.1 46.8

30

36.9 35.6

50 40

44.7 43.4

# OF BEDS PER 1,000

60

52.6 50.6

FIGURE 8B: LICENSED/APPPROVED NURSING HOME BEDS PER 1,000 POPULATION AGE 65 AND OLDER

Wayne

COUNTIES 2011

2012

MONROE COUNTY ECONOMIC SCORECARD 2015

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0

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton

9.3 8.3

5

12.5 14.1

9.6 11

10

13.9 13.1

15

21.5 17.5

20

17.1 19

25

13.8 14.1

# OF EMPLOYEES/OPERATING ROOM

FIGURE 8C: AMBULATORY SURGERY CENTERS - TOTAL EMPLOYEES PER OPERATING ROOM

Pike

Wayne

COUNTIES JULY 2010 – JUNE 2011

JULY 2011 – JUNE 2012

0

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton

COUNTIES 2010

18

2012

Pike

1.1 1.1

0.7 0.4

2.2 2.2

2.0 2.2

1

1.0 1.2

2

1.3 1.4

3

1.7 1.8

3.8 3.9

4

2.6 2.7

# PHYSICIANS/1000 POPULATION

FIGURE 8D: NUMBER OF PHYSICIANS PER 1,000 POPULATION

Wayne


HOUSING

MEDIAN HOUSE VALUE AS PERCENTAGE OF MEDIAN INCOME

The 2014 Monroe County Economic Scorecard compared housing availability and affordability for Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton and Pike counties, relative to Pennsylvania state averages, and examined the trends of housing indicators during the 20032013 decade.

This ratio represents housing affordability for potential buyers of houses in the county, and the lower the ratio the greater the degree of affordability. The Pennsylvania state average median house value to median income ratio was 313.4% for the period 2009-2013. Luzerne County had the lowest median house value to median income ratio at 272.5% indicating a greater than average degree of housing affordability. Carbon and Lackawanna counties also had lower than average median house value to median income ratios. The highest median house value to median income ratio was recorded by Wayne County (365%) followed by Lehigh (358%), Northampton (353%) and Monroe (334%), indicating that housing is least affordable in those counties.

The 2015 Scorecard updates the housing indicators using more currently available data and includes Carbon and Wayne counties to provide a more comprehensive picture of Northeast Pennsylvania.

MEDIAN ANNUAL GROSS RENT AS A PERCENTAGE OF MEDIAN INCOME

The updated Scorecard uses the same group of housing availability and housing affordability used in the previous report using more current statistics and presents a comparison of 2014 to 2013 statistics.

This ratio measures the percentage of income that the residents of a county need for renting their home. The Pennsylvania state average for the period 2009-2013 was 18.6%. Only Lackawanna County had a lower than average rent to income ratio. Lackawanna County residents on the average required 17.7% of their income for rent. The remaining counties had higher than average rent to income ratios. The highest rent to income ratio was recorded in Pike County (21.7%).

The housing indicators used in the rankings of the eight counties are: • Median House Value as a Percentage of Median Income • Median Annual Gross Rent as a Percentage of Median Income

FIGURE 9: HOUSING RANKINGS

• Single Family Building Permits in 2014 as a Percentage of 2004

18

19

18

15

Luzerne

Lehigh

0

Carbon

5

Lackawanna

11

10

19 14 Wayne

20

21

24

Pike

25

Northampton

The first two indicators measure housing affordability for buyers and renters, and the last two indicators attempt to capture the supply of new housing units since building permits represent a reliable leading indicator for new construction.

Monroe

30

TOTAL SCORE

• Single Family Building Permits per 1,000 People in 2014

COUNTIES

Continued on page 24

MONROE COUNTY ECONOMIC SCORECARD

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TABLE 10: HOUSING INDICATORS Pennsylvania

Carbon

Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton

Median House Value as a % of Median Income (2009-2013) 313.4% 300.0% 313.0% 358.0% 272.5% 334.1% RANK

7

6

2

8

4

4

8

3

7

Single Family Building Permits in 2014 as a % of 2004 39.5% 14.2% 25.1%* 27.5% 25.8% RANK

3

6

8

7

Single Family Building Permit per 1,000 people - 2014** 1.3 1.1 0.6* 1.3 0.7 RANK

4

1

6

2

Wayne

352.9% 325.4% 364.8% 3

5

1

18.4%

21.7%

18.5%

2

6

1

5

9.3%

20.7%

8.1%

22.4%

2

4

1

5

0.9

1.2

1.5

2.1

3

5

7

8

Median Annual Gross Rent as a % of Median Income (2009-2013) 18.6% 18.6% 17.7% 20.0% 18.0% 20.7% RANK

Pike

* Estimate; ** Population numbers are based on Census Population Estimates for 2014 Source: U.S. Census Bureau

SINGLE FAMILY BUILDING PERMITS IN 2014 AS A PERCENTAGE OF 2004

SINGLE FAMILY BUILDING PERMITS PER 1,000 POPULATION

Building activity declined considerably in the United States since the housing crisis and the 2007-2009 recession. The housing crisis was more severe in Northeast Pennsylvania, particularly in those counties (Pike and Monroe) that had experienced faster than average population growth and faster than average building activity in the last decade. The reason for expressing the most current building permits as a percentage of previous values is because the historical ratio illustrates the degree of the decline in the building activity of each county.

The number of building permits issued in a county is more meaningful when compared to its population. The Pennsylvania state average of building permits per 1,000 residents was 1.3 in 2014. Wayne and Pike counties actually issued more building permits per 1,000 people than the state average. Wayne had the highest number (2.1) followed by Pike (1.5). Lehigh County issued 1.3 building permits per 1,000 residents, matching the state average. The remaining counties had lower than average building permits per 1,000 people.

The total building permits issued in Pennsylvania in 2014 as a percentage of those issued in 2004 was 39.5%. All eight counties in Northeast Pennsylvania in 2014 issued a lower percentage of building permits from 2004 than the state average. The lowest ranked counties in this category were Pike and Monroe, whose building permits in 2014 amounted to only 8.1% and 9.3% of the 2004 levels. This simply indicates that the greatest historical decline in the building industry occurred in Pike and Monroe counties, and it also indicates that building activity is still depressed in these counties.

The overall county rankings were determined by assigning the highest score of eight points to the county that had the lowest median house value to median income ratio and also the lowest rent to income ratio, indicating the greatest housing affordability. Similarly, the county with the highest number of building permits in 2014 compared to 2004 values and also compared to the population of the county was assigned the highest score of eight, signifying the greatest degree of building activity.

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Luzerne County ranked first in housing affordability and housing availability followed by Lackawanna, Lehigh and Wayne. The lowest ranking was again assigned to Monroe County because of the relatively higher cost of housing and the significantly lower building activity.


FIGURE 10A: MEDIAN HOUSE VALUE AS A % OF MEDIAN INCOME

353 325

364 365

366 353

343 334

371 358

318 313

275 273

200

294 300

300

315 313

PERCENTAGE

400

Pike

Wayne

100 0

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton

COUNTIES 2008-2010

2009-2013

FIGURE 10B: MEDIAN ANNUAL GROSS RENT AS A % OF MEDIAN INCOME

17.7 18.5

21.6 21.7

Luzerne

18.1 18.4

Lehigh

20.0 20.7

17.7 18.0

17.5 17.7

17.1 18.6

15

18.2 18.6

PERCENTAGE

20

18.6 20.0

25

10 5 0

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

Monroe Northampton

Pike

Wayne

COUNTIES MEDIAN HOUSE VALUE AS A % OF MEDIAN INCOME (2008-2012) MEDIAN HOUSE VALUE AS A % OF MEDIAN INCOME (2009-2013)

MONROE COUNTY ECONOMIC SCORECARD 2015

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FIGURE 10C: SINGLE FAMILY BUILDING PERMITS

24 22

21 21

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

8 8

10 9

10 0

24 26

18 14

20

27

37 25

30

40 39

PERCENTAGE

40

43

50

Monroe Northampton

Pike

Wayne

COUNTIES 2013 AS A PERCENTAGE OF 2003

2014 AS A PERCENTAGE OF 2004

FIGURE 10D: SINGLE FAMILY BUILDING PERMIT PER 1,000 PEOPLE

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton

COUNTIES 2013

22

2014

1.3 1.5

1.1 1.2

1.0 0.9

0.6 0.7

1.5 1.3

0.9 0.6

0

1.1 1.1

1

2.1 2.1

2

1.2 1.3

# PERMITS/1,000 PEOPLE

3

Pike

Wayne


FIGURE 11A: SINGLE FAMILY BUILDING PERMITS PER 1,000 PEOPLE 25.0 20.0 15.0 10.0 5.0 0 2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

PA

2008

2009

2010

Monroe

2011

2012

2013

2014

Pike

FIGURE 11B: SINGLE FAMILY BUILDING PERMITS PER 1,000 PEOPLE 12.0 10.0 8.0 6.0 4.0 2.0 0 2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Carbon

2008

2009

Lehigh

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Northampton

FIGURE 11C: SINGLE FAMILY BUILDING PERMITS PER 1,000 PEOPLE 12.0 10.0 8.0 6.0 4.0 2.0 0 2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Lackawanna

2008

2009

Luzerne

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Wayne

MONROE COUNTY ECONOMIC SCORECARD 2015

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FIGURE 12A: BUILDING COST PER SINGLE FAMILY UNIT 300,000 DOLLARS

250,000 200,000 150,000 100,000 50,000 0 2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Years PA

Monroe

Pike

FIGURE 12B: BUILDING COST PER SINGLE FAMILY UNIT

DOLLARS

250,000 200,000 150,000 100,000 50,000

0 2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Years

Carbon

Lehigh

Northampton

FIGURE 12C: BUILDING COST PER SINGLE FAMILY UNIT 300,000

DOLLARS

250,000 200,000 150,000 100,000 50,000 0

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Years

Lackawanna 24

Luzerne

Wayne

2012

2013

2014


EDUCATION

PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION WITH NO HIGH SCHOOL OR EQUIVALENT DIPLOMA

The 2014 Economic Scorecard of Monroe County compared the educational status of the residents of Monroe County to the educational attainment levels of Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Northampton and Pike residents.

During the period 2009-2013, 11.4% of adult Pennsylvanians did not earn a high school diploma. Lehigh County had the highest percentage of adults without a high school diploma (13.2%), followed by Carbon (12.6%) and Wayne (12.3%). Pike (8.8%) and Monroe (10.4%) had the lowest percentage of residents without a high school diploma, thus receiving the highest scores in this category.

The 2014 Scorecard used four indicators to determine regional educational rankings:

PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION WITH A BACHELOR’S DEGREE OR HIGHER

• Percentage of Population 25 and over with No High School Degree

During the period 2009-2013, 27.6% of the adult population in Pennsylvania earned a bachelor’s degree or higher. Lehigh County had a higher percentage of college-educated residents than the state average with 28.1%, followed by Northampton 26.6%, Lackawanna 25.7%, Monroe 23.9%, Pike 22.4%, Luzerne 21.0%, Wayne 19.2% and Carbon 15.2%.

• Percentage of population 25 and over with Bachelor’s Degree or Higher • Percentage Growth Rate of Population 25 and over with Bachelor’s Degree

GROWTH OF ADULT POPULATION WITH A BACHELOR’S DEGREE OR HIGHER (2008/2012-2009/2013)

• Expenditures Per Student

The growth rate of college-educated residents in Pennsylvania from 2012 to 2013 was 0.6%. Wayne (+0.9%), Lehigh and Monroe (+0.7%), exceeded the average state growth rate of population with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

The 2014 Scorecard used data from 2002 to 2012. The 2015 Scorecard expands the geographic scope by adding Carbon and Wayne counties and updates the comparison by using 2013 data.

The percentage of population with a bachelor’s degree or higher actually declined in Carbon and Pike counties.

(Note: The overall rankings in the 2014 Scorecard were slightly modified to correct a minor computational error. The correction did not change the rankings significantly except for Pike County, which was tied for fourth in the original report, improving to second place after the correction.)

FIGURE 13: EDUCATION RANKINGS

30

26

Wayne

Pike

Northampton

Monroe

0

Luzerne

5

Lehigh

10

17

20

12

10 Lackawanna

15

20

19 19

20

Carbon

TOTAL SCORE

25

COUNTIES

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TABLE 11: EDUCATION INDICATORS Pennsylvania

Carbon

Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton

Pike

Wayne

11.3%

8.8%

12.3%

7

5

8

3

23.9%

26.6%

22.4%

19.2%

5

7

4

2

Percentage of Population 25 Years and Over with No High School Degree or Equivalency Degree (2009-2013) 11.4% 12.6% 11.0% 13.2% 11.7% 10.4% RANK

2

6

1

4

Percentage of Population 25 Years and Over with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher (2009-2013) 27.6% 15.2% 25.7% 28.1% 21.0% RANK

1

6

8

3

Growth in % of Population 25 Years and Over with A Bachelor's Degree Or Higher between (2008-2012) & (2009-2013) Surveys + 0.6% - 0.3% + 0.6% + 0.7% + 0.5% + 0.7% 0 RANK

1

5

6

4

6

3

- 0.2% + 0.9% 2

8

Expenditures Per Student (Average Daily Enrollment) 2012-2013 (in dollars) $14,622 $14,594 $12,259 $13,667 $11,866 $17,177 $14,176 $13,518 $16,924 RANK

6

2

4

1

8

5

3

7

** Population numbers are based on Census Population Estimates for 2014 Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

EXPENDITURES PER STUDENT (AVERAGE DAILY ENROLLMENT) 2012-2013 The highest amount of expenditures per student in 2013 was recorded in Monroe County $17,177 up from the 2012 figure of $16,965. Wayne ($16,924) and Pike ($14,594) were the only other counties in Northeast Pennsylvania whose expenditures per student exceeded the state average of $14,622. The lowest amount per student was spent in Luzerne County $11,866.

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The overall education rankings were determined by assigning eight points to the county that had the lowest percentage of residents without a high school diploma, the highest percentage of collegeeducated adults, the highest growth of college-educated residents and the county that invested the greatest amount of dollars per student in 2012-2013. Counties ranked second in each category received seven points, six for third, and so on. Monroe County received the highest overall ranking in the education category due to being first in educational investment, second lowest percentage of residents without a high school diploma, third highest growth in college-educated population and fourth highest percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher.


FIGURE 14A: PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION 25 YEARS AND OVER WITH NO HIGH SCHOOL DEGREE OR EQUIVALENCY DEGREE

0

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

12.8 12.3

12.0 11.3

8.4 8.8

5

10.5 10.4

12.2 11.7

13.7 13.2

11.7 11.0

13.0 12.6

10

11.7 11.4

PERCENTAGE

15

Monroe Northampton

Pike

Wayne

COUNTIES 2001-2012

2009-2013

FIGURE 14B: PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION 25 YEARS AND OVER WITH A BACHELOR'S DEGREE OR HIGHER

10

18.3 19.2

22.6 22.4

26.6 26.6

23.2 23.9

20.5 21.0

15

27.4 28.1

27.0 27.6

20

15.5 15.2

PERCENTAGE

25

25.1 25.7

30

5 0

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton

Pike

Wayne

COUNTIES 2008-2012

2009-2013

MONROE COUNTY ECONOMIC SCORECARD 2015

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FIGURE 14C: EXPENDITURES PER STUDENT

6,000

15,876 16,924

12,748 13,518

13,748 14,176

16,965 17,177 11,382 11,866

13,432 13,667

9,000

11,943 12,259

12,000

14,109 14,622

15,000

15,555 14,594

18,000

3,000 0

Pennsylvania Carbon Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton

Pike

Wayne

COUNTIES 2008-2012

2009-2013

TABLE 12: PENNSYLVANIA SYSTEM OF SCHOOL ASSESSMENT TEST SCORES IN MATH, READING, SCIENCE AND WRITING Carbon

Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe

Percentage Scored Advanced in Math PSSA Test Scores 39.7 45.0 44.9 39.7 47.4 Percentage Scored Advanced in Reading PSSA Test Scores 30.5 35.1 34.1 32.3 36.2 Percentage Scored Advanced in Science PSSA Test Scores 28.2 25.1 27.9 26.3 25.8 Percentage Scored Advanced in Writing PSSA Test Scores 7.4 11.1 8.8 6.7 5.8 Source: Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Northampton

Pike

Wayne

49.4

58.8

54.1

37.5

50.1

43.7

26.0

38.7

38.1

9.2

10.9

9.1


CARBON COUNTY INDUSTRY STRUCTURE The 2015 Monroe County Economic Scorecard provides updated information on the relative industry concentration that exists in eight counties: Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wayne. The degree of industry concentration is measured with the estimated location quotients for each industrial sector by using employment and earnings. Location quotients measure the percentage of employment in each county for a particular industry compared to the same industry percentage for the nation as a whole. Location quotients greater than 1.0 indicate higher than average industry concentrations in the county, less than 1.0 lower industry concentrations in the region and equal to 1.0 may be interpreted that the industry in the county has the same average degree of concentration as the nation.

The highest concentration of employment in 2014 in Carbon County occurred in the Information, Leisure and Hospitality, Education and Health Services, and Manufacturing Industries. Location quotients were greater than 1.0 in these three sectors using both employment and wages.

LACKAWANNA COUNTY The highest employment location quotient in Lackawanna County in 2014 was recorded in Education and Health Services followed by the Trade, Transportation and Utilities Sector, Manufacturing and Service-providing Industries.

LEHIGH COUNTY Education and Health Industries showed the highest concentration of employment in Lehigh County. The location quotient for this sector remained virtually the same in 2014 as the 2013 figure. Other industries with higher than average employment in Lehigh County in 2014 were: Professional and Business Services, Trade, Transportation and Utilities, Service-providing Industry and Manufacturing.

LUZERNE COUNTY The highest employment concentration in 2014 in Luzerne County was recorded in the Trade, Transportation and Utilities sector, followed by Manufacturing, Education and Health, and Service-providing industries. The same employment concentration patterns were observed in 2014 as the ones in 2013.

MONROE COUNTY

The industry structure section of the 2015 Scorecard follows the same format as the 2014 Scorecard but presents information on eight counties instead of six and statistical measurements for 2014 instead of 2013.

Leisure and Hospitality continued to provide a high concentration of employment in Monroe County in 2014, just as it did in 2013.

Since the industrial structure of a region remains relatively unchanged in the short run, there are very minor differences between the 2014 and the 2015 Scorecards for this particular section.

Employment in the construction industry continued to decrease with a location quotient in 2014 lower than average recorded in 2013.

Other sectors showing higher than average employment concentration in 2014 were: Trade, Transportation and Utilities, and Other Services.

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY Above average employment concentration in Northampton County occurred in Manufacturing and Goods-producing industries in 2014. Also high employment concentration was recorded in Leisure and Hospitality and the Education and Health sectors.

PIKE COUNTY In 2014 the highest levels of employment concentration in Pike County were the same as in 2013, Leisure and Hospitality, Other Services, Trade, Transportation and Utilities, and Service-providing industries.

WAYNE COUNTY Construction in most counties has yet to recover from the 2007-2009 recession, but in Wayne County the highest concentration of employment occurred in the construction sector in 2014. Above average employment concentration in Wayne County also occurred in Education and Health, Leisure and Hospitality, Trade, Transportation and Utilities, and Other Services.

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TABLE 13: EMPLOYMENT AND WAGES LOCATION QUOTIENT - 2014 PA

Lackawanna

Lehigh

Employment

Wage

Employment

Wage

Employment

Wage

Employment

Wage

LQ

LQ

LQ

LQ

LQ

LQ

LQ

LQ

Total, all industries

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

Federal Government

0.85

0.80

0.31

0.33

0.47

0.58

0.22

0.20

State Government

0.71

0.75

0.59

0.95

0.74

0.93

0.24

0.24

Local Government

0.80

0.83

1.29

1.62

0.74

0.93

0.78

0.81

Private

1.04

1.04

1.00

0.96

1.05

1.03

1.07

1.08

Goods-producing

1.02

1.02

1.02

1.17

0.93

0.98

0.87

0.88

Natural resources and mining

0.71

0.77

0.29

0.29

0.14

0.15

0.28

0.16

Construction

0.92

0.99

0.63

0.69

0.85

1.14

0.76

0.81

Manufacturing

1.13

1.07

1.35

1.53

1.10

1.04

1.03

1.02

Service-providing

1.04

1.04

0.99

0.90

1.08

1.04

1.12

1.13

Trade, transportation, and utilities

1.02

1.00

0.90

0.99

1.14

1.14

1.15

1.10

Information

0.75

0.60

3.23

2.07

0.78

0.54

0.77

0.61

Financial activities

1.00

0.93

0.45

0.36

0.95

0.82

0.76

0.51

Professional and business services

0.96

1.04

0.17

0.15

0.78

0.61

1.15

1.33

Education and health services

1.31

1.37

1.41

1.69

1.53

1.85

1.48

1.69

Leisure and hospitality

0.89

0.82

1.59

1.63

0.89

0.83

0.82

0.66

Other services

1.09

0.99

0.78

0.70

1.04

1.06

0.93

0.81

INDUSTRY

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Carbon


Luzerne

Monroe

Northampton

Pike

Wayne

Employment

Wage

Employment

Wage

Employment

Wage

Employment

Wage

Employment

Wage

LQ

LQ

LQ

LQ

LQ

LQ

LQ

LQ

LQ

LQ

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.11

1.23

3.18

3.39

0.52

0.49

1.01

1.32

1.76

2.03

0.72

0.96

0.68

1.01

0.15

0.16

0.58

0.94

1.76

2.87

0.76

0.92

1.14

1.50

1.23

1.41

1.95

3.17

1.09

1.39

1.04

1.00

0.94

0.86

1.02

1.01

0.90

0.76

0.94

0.84

0.99

1.02

0.80

1.18

1.12

1.30

0.31

0.32

0.83

0.88

0.22

0.25

0.16

0.11

0.10

0.06

0.41

0.41

0.64

0.65

0.75

0.85

0.63

0.61

0.85

0.97

0.59

0.66

1.69

2.07

1.24

1.22

0.99

1.60

1.44

1.64

0.15

0.16

0.43

0.39

1.05

1.00

0.98

0.78

1.00

0.93

1.03

0.87

0.97

0.84

1.39

1.54

1.20

1.06

1.05

1.07

1.06

0.96

1.05

0.97

0.66

0.43

0.29

0.15

0.81

0.63

0.36

0.34

0.70

0.50

0.77

0.64

0.52

0.31

0.83

0.73

0.56

0.41

0.74

0.62

0.73

0.54

0.41

0.32

0.84

0.68

0.33

0.34

0.39

0.26

1.24

1.44

0.87

1.09

1.10

1.24

0.69

0.79

1.27

1.37

0.87

0.89

1.80

2.10

1.11

1.29

2.20

3.38

1.17

1.57

0.84

0.79

1.12

1.04

0.93

0.84

2.92

3.20

1.46

1.41

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TABLE 14: INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT AS A PERCENT OF TOTAL EMPLOYMENT, 2014 INDUSTRY

PA

Carbon Lackawanna Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton Pike

Wayne

Total, all industries

5,643,676

16,974

97,259

180,757

140,329

52,933

105,825

10,748

14,651

Federal Government

1.7%

0.6%

0.9%

0.4%

2.2%

6.4%

1.0%

2.0%

3.5%

State Government

2.4%

2.0%

2.5%

0.8%

2.4%

2.3%

0.5%

1.9%

5.9%

Local Government

8.0%

13.0%

7.5%

7.9%

7.7%

11.5%

12.4%

19.6%

11.0%

Private

87.9%

84.5%

89.1%

90.8%

87.7%

79.9%

86.1%

76.4%

79.7%

Goods-producing

15.2%

15.2%

13.8%

13.0%

14.7%

11.9%

16.7%

4.6%

12.4%

Natural resources and mining

1.1%

0.4%

0.2%

0.4%

0.3%

0.2%

0.2%

0.6%

1.0%

Construction

4.1%

2.8%

3.8%

3.4%

3.3%

2.8%

3.8%

2.6%

7.6%

Manufacturing

10.0%

12.0%

9.8%

9.2%

11.1%

8.8%

12.8%

1.3%

3.8%

Service-providing

72.7%

69.3%

75.3%

77.8%

73.0%

68.0%

69.4%

71.8%

67.3%

Trade, transportation, and utilities

19.5%

17.2%

21.7%

22.0%

26.5%

22.9%

20.1%

20.3%

20.1%

Information

1.5%

6.5%

1.6%

1.5%

1.3%

0.6%

1.6%

0.7%

1.4%

Financial activities

5.6%

2.5%

5.3%

4.3%

4.3%

2.9%

4.6%

3.2%

4.1%

Professional and business services

13.5%

2.4%

10.8%

16.1%

10.2%

5.7%

11.8%

4.6%

5.5%

Education and health services

19.7%

21.2%

23.1%

22.3%

18.7%

13.1%

16.5%

10.4%

19.1%

Leisure and hospitality

9.5%

17.0%

9.5%

8.7%

9.3%

19.2%

11.9%

23.5%

12.6%

Other services

3.4%

2.4%

3.2%

2.9%

2.6%

3.5%

2.9%

9.1%

4.5%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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TABLE 15: INDUSTRY WAGES AS A PERCENT OF TOTAL WAGES - 2014 INDUSTRY Total, all industries

PA

Carbon

285,409,468,892

558,666,103

Lackawanna

Lehigh

3,740,818,645 9,123,847,243

Luzerne 5,557,115,302

Monroe Northampton

Pike

2,095,441,770 4,670,603,485 339,400,528

Wayne 521,798,896

Federal Government 2.4%

1.0%

1.7%

0.6%

3.6%

10.0%

1.5%

3.9%

6.0%

State Government

2.6%

3.3%

3.3%

0.8%

3.4%

3.6%

0.5%

3.3%

10.1%

Local Government

7.6%

14.7%

8.4%

7.3%

8.3%

13.6%

12.7%

28.7%

12.6%

Private

87.4%

81.0%

86.6%

91.3%

84.7%

72.9%

85.2%

64.1%

71.4%

Goods-producing

17.7%

20.5%

17.1%

15.3%

17.9%

20.5%

22.6%

5.7%

15.4%

Natural resources and mining

1.3%

0.5%

0.3%

0.3%

0.4%

0.2%

0.1%

0.7%

1.1%

Construction

4.8%

3.3%

5.5%

3.9%

4.1%

2.9%

4.7%

3.2%

9.9%

Manufacturing

11.6%

16.7%

11.4%

11.2%

13.4%

17.4%

17.9%

1.8%

4.3%

Service-providing

69.7%

60.5%

69.5%

75.9%

66.8%

52.3%

62.6%

58.4%

56.0%

Trade, transportation, and utilities 16.0%

15.9%

18.2%

17.7%

24.7%

17.0%

17.2%

15.4%

15.6%

Information

2.1%

7.3%

1.9%

2.2%

1.5%

0.5%

2.2%

1.2%

1.8%

Financial activities

8.7%

3.4%

7.6%

4.7%

6.0%

2.9%

6.8%

3.8%

5.8%

Professional and business services

18.8%

2.7%

11.1%

24.0%

9.7%

5.8%

12.4%

6.1%

4.8%

Education and health services

18.5%

22.7%

24.9%

22.8%

19.4%

14.7%

16.7%

10.6%

18.4%

Leisure and hospitality

3.6%

7.1%

3.6%

2.9%

3.9%

9.2%

5.6%

14.8%

6.8%

Other services

2.0%

1.4%

2.2%

1.7%

1.6%

2.1%

1.7%

6.6%

2.9%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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TABLE 16: ANNUAL AVERAGE PAY - 2014 INDUSTRY

PA

Carbon Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton Pike

Wayne

Total, all industries

$50,572

$32,913

$38,463

$50,476

$39,601

$39,587

$44,135

$31,579

$35,614

Federal Government

$70,518

$51,752

$69,357

$66,691

$64,789

$62,290

$62,162

$60,651

$60,710

State Government

$56,236

$55,665

$51,137

$51,928

$56,151

$62,133

$50,224

$54,629

$61,164

Local Government

$47,554

$37,250

$43,102

$46,739

$42,824

$46,829

$45,486

$46,160

$40,943

Private

$50,311

$31,581

$37,395

$50,708

$38,233

$36,099

$43,690

$26,489

$31,896

Goods-producing

$58,941

$44,371

$47,726

$59,507

$48,072

$68,552

$59,814

$38,989

$44,295

Natural resources and mining

$63,226

$38,817

$46,546

$33,703

$52,426

$30,778

$28,339

$36,107

$41,798

Construction

$58,772

$38,788

$55,278

$57,428

$48,396

$40,845

$54,366

$37,930

$46,745

Manufacturing

$58,550

$45,879

$44,815

$61,492

$47,843

$78,545

$61,817

$42,426

$40,094

Service-providing

$48,503

$28,772

$35,502

$49,237

$36,247

$30,444

$39,808

$25,690

$29,621

Trade, transportation, and utilities

$41,431

$30,471

$32,214

$40,550

$36,814

$29,368

$37,789

$23,977

$27,513

Information

$70,713

$37,364

$46,732

$70,644

$45,678

$36,672

$60,419

$51,609

$45,443

Financial activities

$78,740

$44,122

$54,989

$55,476

$54,407

$38,663

$64,925

$38,073

$49,504

Professional and business services

$70,774

$35,922

$39,250

$75,404

$37,927

$40,311

$46,365

$41,566

$30,999

Education and health services

$47,359

$35,208

$41,516

$51,624

$41,017

$44,399

$44,495

$31,998

$34,315

Leisure and hospitality

$19,019

$13,755

$14,648

$16,646

$16,632

$18,940

$20,884

$19,874

$19,428

Other services

$30,312

$19,724

$25,837

$29,026

$24,702

$24,262

$26,308

$22,833

$22,695

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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TABLE 17: PERCENTAGE CHANGE IN JOBS CREATED 2004 - 2014 INDUSTRY

PA

Carbon Lackawanna Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton Pike

Wayne

Total, all industries

2.7%

3.4%

-1.1%

4.3%

-0.5%

-1.5%

16.2%

0.4%

1.1%

Federal Government

-10.5%

-20.0%

-16.9%

-20.5%

-10.7%

-4.4%

-8.0%

-5.2%

204.1%

State Government

-2.8%

-12.1%

-8.9%

-21.8%

-5.6%

0.6%

10.4%

1.5%

-8.8%

Local Government

-3.7%

-14.1%

-7.1%

0.6%

-4.6%

3.9%

10.4%

2.1%

13.1%

Total, all industries

3.8%

7.4%

-0.1%

5.1%

0.3%

-2.0%

17.5%

0.1%

-2.4%

Goods-producing

-12.4%

-5.4%

-19.5%

-24.7%

-18.9%

-20.8%

-11.5%

-40.6%

-12.7%

Natural resources and mining

47.5%

29.8%

-31.8%

-8.5%

9.4%

-4.5%

137.1%

48.9%

10.0%

Construction

-6.9%

-21.5%

9.1%

-21.5%

-15.1%

-46.6%

-14.4%

-41.2%

-11.1%

Manufacturing

-18.0%

-1.5%

-26.6%

-26.4%

-20.6%

-6.6%

-11.3%

-52.9%

-19.7%

Service-providing

7.9%

10.7%

4.5%

12.6%

5.4%

2.2%

27.5%

4.7%

-0.3%

Trade, transportation, and utilities

-1.1%

0.0%

0.5%

11.9%

11.7%

-7.4%

14.6%

27.5%

-9.1%

Information

-24.3%

50.5%

-26.9%

-39.5%

-54.8%

-46.3%

0.0%

-54.7%

-39.2%

Financial activities

-6.1%

-24.5%

-13.4%

-29.4%

-19.2%

-26.6%

35.8%

-51.6%

3.2%

Professional and business services

20.1%

-28.2%

41.4%

38.5%

17.5%

-17.0%

48.4%

-16.4%

-14.9%

Education and health services

18.5%

47.6%

5.1%

23.7%

12.8%

21.2%

32.2%

46.4%

34.9%

Leisure and hospitality

13.3%

0.7%

8.3%

7.7%

4.9%

25.2%

51.1%

-6.4%

-14.1%

Other services

-0.8%

-21.4%

-12.5%

-7.5%

-15.8%

-3.8%

-19.1%

34.3%

17.7%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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TABLE 18: PERCENT CHANGE IN JOBS CREATED 2013-2014 INDUSTRY

PA

Carbon Lackawanna Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton Pike

Wayne

Total Covered

0.8%

1.2%

0.6%

1.3%

0.9%

-1.6%

1.3%

2.7%

-0.3%

Federal Government

-1.4%

2.0%

-3.0%

-0.1%

2.1%

-9.8%

0.9%

2.8%

-0.2%

State Government

-0.2%

0.3%

-0.3%

-0.9%

-0.6%

-2.0%

1.6%

-1.0%

-0.5%

Local Government

-1.5%

-0.9%

0.1%

-1.2%

1.5%

-1.1%

-0.5%

-0.8%

0.0%

Total, all industries

1.1%

1.6%

0.7%

1.5%

0.9%

-1.0%

1.5%

3.7%

-0.3%

Goods-producing

1.4%

7.0%

1.7%

2.4%

1.1%

0.2%

2.8%

-1.8%

6.3%

Natural resources and mining

4.0%

1.4%

-12.9%

1.6%

1.3%

-5.2%

10.7%

-8.2%

17.2%

Construction

2.4%

4.4%

10.7%

6.8%

0.1%

0.5%

4.0%

4.0%

3.1%

Manufacturing

0.6%

8.0%

-1.1%

0.9%

1.4%

0.3%

2.4%

-8.9%

10.9%

Service-providing

1.1%

0.4%

0.5%

1.4%

0.9%

-1.2%

1.2%

4.1%

-1.4%

Trade, transportation, and utilities

0.7%

1.9%

-0.5%

3.9%

1.9%

0.2%

-2.1%

1.3%

-1.2%

Information

-3.7%

1.2%

-5.1%

-0.5%

-5.1%

-7.0%

0.7%

-7.1%

-6.4%

Financial activities

1.2%

-6.1%

-0.8%

-1.1%

2.5%

-10.6%

-2.1%

7.9%

2.9%

Professional and business services

1.4%

-2.6%

3.8%

1.1%

-4.3%

-3.2%

5.8%

45.6%

2.6%

Education and health services

1.7%

-1.8%

0.3%

1.2%

2.3%

1.6%

2.2%

-0.1%

0.8%

Leisure and hospitality

1.0%

2.8%

1.4%

-0.8%

0.8%

-1.7%

3.1%

3.3%

-6.8%

Other services

1.0%

2.8%

0.7%

-2.4%

3.1%

-4.7%

-0.6%

2.0%

-2.4%

Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

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TABLE 19: JOBS CREATED 2004-2014 INDUSTRY

PA

Carbon Lackawanna Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton Pike

Wayne

Total, all industries

147077

555

-1,047

7,447

-703

-792

14,744

45

156

Federal Government

-11253

-26

-187

-208

-371

-156

-95

-12

345

State Government

-3853

-46

-235

-409

-199

7

48

3

-83

Local Government

-17425

-361

-553

84

-525

229

1,235

43

186

Total, all industries

179608

987

-71

7,981

394

-872

13,555

11

-292

Goods-producing

-122044

-146

-3,244

-7,718

-4,816

-1,644

-2,295

-338

-264

Natural resources and mining

19629

17

-98

-72

40

-6

96

22

13

Construction

-17006

-130

308

-1,692

-838

-1,311

-674

-198

-138

Manufacturing

-124666

-32

-3,454

-5,954

-4,017

-326

-1,717

-162

-138

Service-providing

301651

1,134

3,173

15,699

5,210

771

15,850

348

-28

Trade, transportation, and utilities

-12169

0

100

4,236

3,888

-972

2,702

471

-296

Information

-27362

368

-563

-1,816

-2,263

-263

0

-94

-132

Financial activities

-20413

-139

-803

-3,230

-1,446

-561

1,294

-363

19

Professional and business services

127003

-163

3,084

8,092

2,126

-623

4,066

-98

-140

Education and health services

173665

1,162

1,094

7,711

2,983

1,216

4,255

356

724

Leisure and hospitality

63001

19

707

1,130

613

2,047

4,254

-173

-303

Other services

-1494

-111

-448

-421

-685

-72

-719

249

100

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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TABLE 20: JOBS CREATED 2013-2014 INDUSTRY

PA

Carbon Lackawanna Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton Pike

Wayne

Total Covered

46,835

206

580

2,272

1,314

-883

1,326

281

-39

Federal Government

-1,343

2

-28

-1

65

-367

10

6

-1

State Government

-330

1

-8

-14

-19

-25

8

-2

-4

Local Government

-6,792

-19

10

-174

160

-69

-68

-18

0

Total, all industries

55,301

220

607

2,461

1,109

-421

1,375

293

-35

Goods-producing

11,451

169

225

548

217

11

483

-9

108

Natural resources and mining

2,339

1

-31

12

6

-7

16

-6

21

Construction

5,472

20

358

391

5

7

153

11

33

Manufacturing

3,640

150

-102

146

207

13

314

-14

55

Service-providing

43,849

52

382

1,913

892

-433

892

302

-143

Trade, transportation, and utilities

7,597

54

-105

1,476

688

29

-445

27

-36

Information

-3,238

13

-82

-15

-101

-23

12

-6

-14

Financial activities

3,669

-28

-43

-85

147

-183

-107

25

17

Professional and business services

10,249

-11

385

316

-649

-102

684

156

20

Education and health services

18,166

-67

74

469

597

108

380

-1

22

Leisure and hospitality

5,550

79

129

-120

99

-173

384

81

-135

Other services

1,857

11

22

-127

109

-90

-17

19

-16

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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TABLE 21: PERCENT TOTAL WAGE CHANGE 2004-2014 INDUSTRY

PA

Carbon Lackawanna Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe Northampton Pike

Wayne

Total, all industries

34.7%

35.7%

24.2%

34.3%

24.6%

21.3%

47.0%

22.3%

30.5%

Federal Government

15.8%

-2.4%

6.2%

5.2%

10.2%

15.5%

7.4%

20.1%

353.7%

State Government

21.2%

18.0%

8.9%

-1.2%

16.6%

29.1%

43.3%

26.7%

14.7%

Local Government

20.5%

13.9%

18.6%

30.7%

21.5%

37.7%

41.7%

36.4%

37.1

Private

37.1%

42.2%

25.9%

35.3%

26.0%

19.1%

48.7%

16.8%

24.5%

Goods-producing

15.3%

39.9%

6.4%

-17.1%

4.6%

14.3%

22.1%

-38.2%

15.3%

Natural resources and mining

158.1%

95.5%

12.0%

-10.3%

77.2%

10.2%

121.1%

63.8%

60.4%

Construction

27.7%

8.3%

71.5%

4.7%

18.4%

-37.1%

14.0%

-32.1%

18.8%

Manufacturing

4.5%

47.1%

-10.0%

-22.9%

-0.3%

32.6%

24.1%

-56.0%

1.0%

Service-providing

44.1%

43.0%

31.9%

55.2%

33.3%

21.1%

61.5%

27.9%

27.2%

Trade, transportation, and utilities

24.8%

35.2%

30.5%

32.5%

39.3%

2.2%

40.7%

52.0%

10.0%

Information

2.9%

83.5%

-11.6%

-17.2%

-50.2%

-44.9%

39.8%

-55.6%

-23.9%

Financial activities

32.2%

7.4%

14.5%

-10.7%

2.2%

-30.3%

86.6%

-15.4%

46.6%

Professional and business services

74.4%

3.3%

62.4%

131.7%

51.3%

22.6%

92.2%

6.2%

23.3%

Education and health services

52.4%

73.4%

34.4%

67.6%

49.6%

56.8%

55.2%

80.6%

64.8%

Leisure and hospitality

45.7%

12.8%

34.7%

30.3%

46.8%

67.9%

145.4%

14.2%

2.3%

Other services

29.8%

-0.5%

13.7%

9.2%

11.3%

16.2%

-7.1%

71.6%

53.8%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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TABLE 22: TOTAL WAGE CHANGE 2004-2014 (IN DOLLARS) INDUSTRY

PA

Carbon

Lackawanna

Lehigh

Total, all industries

$73,488,682,658

$147,000,386

$729,883,333

$2,331,510,968

Federal Government

$918,388,904

-$130,275

$3,715,976

$2,646,829

State Government

$1,314,231,760

$2,835,012

$10,033,446

-$946,762

Local Government

$3,676,383,639

$10,018,509

$49,171,223

$156,762,495

Private

$67,579,678,355

$134,277,140

$666,962,688

$2,173,048,406

Goods-producing

$6,722,744,519

$32,650,321

$38,796,455

-$289,621,957

Natural resources and mining

$2,359,346,531

$1,395,223

$1,048,631

-$3,020,101

Construction

$2,947,970,326

$1,411,428

$85,233,182

$15,833,623

Manufacturing

$1,415,427,662

$29,843,670

-$47,485,358

-$302,435,479

Service-providing

$60,856,933,836

$101,626,819

$628,166,233

$2,462,670,363

Trade, transportation, and utilities

$9,045,273,034

$23,129,720

$159,318,274

$395,064,491

Information

$170,808,520

$18,629,447

-$9,389,763

-$40,792,433

Financial activities

$6,063,543,755

$1,304,073

$36,283,182

-$51,549,425

Professional and business services

$22,949,048,543

$477,779

$158,845,947

$1,246,804,993

Education and health services

$18,120,224,078

$53,695,964

$238,397,993

$839,298,664

Leisure and hospitality

$3,206,552,751

$4,514,763

$34,952,055

$61,242,980

Other services

$1,327,527,705

-$41,963

$9,763,545

$12,653,489

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Luzerne

Monroe

Northampton

Pike

Wayne

$1,097,687,436

$367,764,637

$1,492,412,276

$61,952,212

$122,043,921

$18,568,480

$28,154,313

$4,687,846

$2,206,443

$24,346,305

$26,814,312

$16,798,017

$7,763,978

$2,371,485

$6,738,500

$81,655,042

$77,877,484

$175,260,464

$25,995,386

$17,792,712

$970,649,602

$244,934,823

$1,304,699,988

$31,378,898

$73,166,404

$44,011,852

$53,903,466

$191,588,886

-$11,893,653

$10,655,513

$10,658,315

$363,066

$2,581,826

$945,958

$2,241,759

$35,344,429

-$36,223,306

$26,737,044

-$5,083,026

$8,199,537

-$1,990,892

$89,763,706

$162,270,016

-$7,756,585

$214,217

$926,637,750

$191,031,357

$1,113,111,102

$43,272,551

$62,510,891

$386,539,537

$7,573,211

$231,965,102

$17,900,446

$7,381,342

-$85,748,454

-$9,107,031

$29,444,327

-$5,048,414

-$2,921,056

$7,104,195

-$26,012,074

$147,909,840

-$2,361,332

$9,573,201

$183,716,022

$22,558,747

$277,492,332

$1,211,149

$4,679,047

$357,066,064

$111,773,099

$276,676,008

$16,040,046

$37,720,910

$69,355,071

$78,024,378

$155,745,708

$6,244,240

$803,380

$9,118,117

$6,237,140

-$6,109,272

$9,286,416

$5,274,067

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SUMMARY OF FINDINGS The 2015 Monroe County Economic Scorecard has determined the following rankings based on total scores for Carbon, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Northampton, Pike and Wayne counties in the following categories:

• Per Capita Personal Income Growth • Average Earnings per job as a Percentage of Pennsylvania • Growth in Average Earnings per job • Poverty Rates Using the above indicators the following rankings were produced:

• Employment

Northampton County

• Earnings

Lehigh County

• Business Climate

Carbon County

• Healthcare

Wayne County

• Housing and

Lackawanna County

• Education

Monroe County

For each category, the county with the highest score is ranked first, second highest score, second, and so on.

Luzerne County

EMPLOYMENT

Comments and Observations:

The employment section of the Scorecard utilized four indicators for the ranking of the eight counties:

Pike County

Lehigh County had the highest per capita personal income and the highest average earnings per job.

• Labor force growth

Carbon County had the highest growth in personal income.

• Total employment growth • Job growth

Wayne County recorded the highest growth in average earnings per job.

• Employment to labor force ratio.

Luzerne County had the highest poverty rate.

Based on the scores in those four indicators the following rankings for employment were determined:

BUSINESS CLIMATE

Lehigh County

The business climate section ranked counties based on the following indicators:

Lackawanna County

• Proprietors’ Income as a percentage of Total Income

Carbon County

• Relative Importance of Small Firm Employment in the County

Luzerne County

• Relative Size of the Creative Class

Pike County

• Relative Employment in Technical Occupations

Wayne County

• Business Diversity

Monroe County

• Crime Rates

Comments and Observations:

Based on the above indicators the following rankings for business climate were determined:

The civilian labor force decreased for all eight counties from 2013 to 2014, and the largest decrease was -2.3% in Monroe County.

Carbon County

Total number of jobs increased for all counties except for Monroe and Wayne.

Lehigh County

Total employment increased in all counties except for Monroe County (-0.1%).

Pike County

Northampton County

EARNINGS The eight counties were ranked based on: • Per Capita Personal Income as a percentage of the Pennsylvania

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Lackawanna County Northampton County Luzerne County Monroe County Wayne County


Comments and Observations:

Based on the above indicators the following rankings were determined:

In the business climate section, Carbon County was on top of the list. The overall scores were very close for Lackawanna, Lehigh, Northampton, Pike, virtually tied for third place, and Luzerne, Monroe and Wayne tied for last place.

Luzerne County

Carbon County had the largest percentage of proprietors’ income and the largest percentage of employment in the Arts, Entertainment and Recreation industry.

Northampton County

HEALTHCARE

Lackawanna County Lehigh County Wayne County Carbon County Pike County Monroe County

The eight counties were ranked according to:

Comments and Observations:

• General Hospital Beds per 1,000 people

Luzerne and Lackawanna Counties were ranked first and second in the housing area because of the relatively lower housing prices and rents creating greater affordability.

• Nursing Home Beds per 1,000 elderly residents • Ambulatory/Surgery Employees per operating room • Physicians per 1,000 people • Registered Nurses per 1,000 people Based on the above indicators the following rankings were determined: Lehigh County Lackawanna County Luzerne County Northampton County Monroe County Wayne County Carbon County Pike County Comments and Observations:

Monroe County was ranked last in the housing category because of relatively high housing costs and the significant decline in building activity.

EDUCATION To determine the educational status of county residents the 2015 Scorecard used four indicators: • Percentage of Population 25 years and over with No High School Diploma • Percentage of Population 25 years and over with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher • Growth in Population with Bachelor’s Degree or Higher • Expenditures per Student K-12 Based on the above indicators the following Education rankings were produced:

Lehigh ranked first in the Healthcare section of the 2015 Scorecard just as it did in the 2014 Scorecard.

Monroe County

Lackawanna and Luzerne tied for second place.

Northampton County

Pike County was not comparable to the other counties since no major hospital exists there.

Wayne County Lackawanna County Lehigh County Pike County

HOUSING

Luzerne County

Counties were ranked according to affordability of home purchasing and renting and also according to the regional building activity. The following indicators were used:

Carbon County

• Median House Value as a percentage of Median Income

Monroe County was ranked first in the education category of the 2015 Scorecard because of a low percentage of adult population without a high school diploma, a high percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher and the highest level of expenditures per student K-12, which is interpreted as an investment in human capital.

• Median Annual Gross Rent as a percentage of Median Income • Growth in Building Permits • Building Permits per 1,000 people

Comments and Observations:

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TABLE 23: SUMMARY RANKING OF COUNTIES Total Score

Carbon

Lackawanna

Lehigh

Luzerne

Monroe

Northampton

Pike

Wayne

Employment

16

20

25

15

6

29

15

11

Earnings

24

20

29

16

18

31

16

23

Business Climate

33

29

28

23

23

28

27

23

Healthcare

14

32

36

32

19

23

5

17

Housing

18

21

19

24

11

18

14

19

Education

10

19

19

12

26

20

17

20

Overall Score

115

141

156

122

103

149

94

113

Overall Rank

5

3

1

4

7

2

8

6

FIGURE 15: SUMMARY RANKING OF COUNTIES

TABLE 24: OVERALL SUMMARY RANKING Counties

180

141

120

156 122

115

149 103

COUNTIES

Wayne

Pike

Northampton

Monroe

Luzerne

Lehigh

0

Lackawanna

60 30

44

94

113

Lehigh

1

Northampton

2

Lackawanna

3

Luzerne

4

Carbon

5

Wayne

6

Monroe

7

Pike

8

90

Carbon

OVERALL SCORE

150

Overall Rank


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